As Roberto Mancini is leaving big-spending Manchester City at the end of the season, according to reports, the club's owners have already made a shortlist of managers who could succeed the Italian.

City's poor showing in the Premier League is thought to be the main reason behind the boards' decision, although their shortcomings in both the FA Cup & Champions League wouldn't have aided Mancini's cause.

So who will succeed the former Italian international? A list of possible replacements, published by the Daily Star, includes four names of cup-winning coaches, with Diego Simeone, Carlo Ancelotti, Manuel Pellegrini and Jurgen Klopp all touted as possible replacements.

Manuel Pellegrini

Pellegrini, whose Malaga contract runs out in 2015, is likely to be the hottest contender to become the new manager. The Chilean impressed the football world as he reached the Champions League quarter-finals with his cash-strapped club, losing against German side Borussia Dortmund on aggregate after conceding a controversial last-minute goal.

As the former coach of Real Madrid, the 53-year-old knows how to deal with big stars and big egos, and as Malaga are excluded from European competitions following financial mismanagement, Pellegrini could be tempted to take over at the Etihad stadium.

Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti is also a part of the big manager-lottery this summer, as the Italian, 52, is reportedly set to quit French side Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Ancelotti already worked for Chelsea from 2009 to 2011, where he had a very successful spell. He could be a contender as he knows the English league and speaks the language, eliminating the risk of any 'settling in period'.

He also has the highest win percentage of all the candidates on this list, having won 57% of his matches as a coach.

Diego Simeone

The 42-year-old Argentine is the youngest name on the list. With the Manchester City owners longing for European glory, he could jump to the head of the queue on the basis that Simeone enjoyed Europa League success last season.

Only his long-running contract, which ends in 2017, could be a stumbling block, but given the resources at City's disposal, they would have little problem getting their man if they decided that Simeone was the one they wanted.

Jurgen Klopp

Winning the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012, as well as lifting the national cup last season, the 45-year-old could be a serious contender to become the next manager of the Citizens.

Fans already love him and he will have endeared himself to the Dortmund faithful even more having reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1998.


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